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Occipital Craniotomy

Last Updated: March 13, 2020

Occipital Craniotomy and Resection of a Peritorcular/Parafalcine Meningioma

General Considerations

The occipital craniotomy is designed to provide operative exposure of the occipital lobe, tentorium and posterior incisural space, splenium of the corpus callosum, medial and posterior temporal lobe, posterior thalamus, atrium of the lateral ventricle, and parieto-occipital area.

This versatile approach may be extended via or combined with the posterior interhemispheric (see the Posterior Interhemispheric Transcallosal Intervenous/Paravenous Variant chapter), transtentorial (see the Pineal Region Tumor: Occipital Transtentorial Approach chapter), and paramedian suboccipital (see the Paramedian Supracerebellar Craniotomy chapter) corridors.

Indications for the Approach